Before I say anything else, I would first like to express my gratitude– Tommy Schneider and CCVV for jumping on board with an idea, and graciously sending me out here to Alaska. And thank you to the Wardells, for having me in their home for a week, and sharing the coffee.
This is my new preferred method of travel. On an airplane they called Bonanza. The most awe-inspiring, breathtaking 45 minutes I can remember. Oh yeah, and I got to sit shotgun. Or copilot? I was definitely not the copilot, and just stared open-mouthed at all the controls and gadgets in front of me. I was one of 2 passengers. The pilot flew nice and low, which made for some awesome views. You’d think it would be nerve wracking to be in an airplane this small– it wasn’t! It was a delight. And it was comforting to actually see the pilot flying the thing, with perfect calmness whenever we would hit a bit of turbulence.
The view as we left Anchorage started out like this (and pardon the glare, I was shooting through the airplane window, and it was a bit dirty):
Then we flew through the mountains, and they gradually became slightly overwhelming. I had 2 songs going through my head, and it was rather hilarious to be switching back and forth between them– the theme song to Indiana Jones, and “How Great Thou Art”. Eh, I’m a dork. It’s all good.
I know I’ve seen mountains in Colorado, and California, and all over the place. These were different somehow… I don’t know…
And Lake Clark. Port Alsworth is right on the lake here:
I was picked up from the airstrip on a 4-wheeler, and given a tour of the village. Samaritan’s Purse has a lodge here for wounded warriors, which is an amazing ministry. The camp I’ll be photographing brings in Alaskan Natives from neighboring villages and gives them a positive experience for a week. Today, I get to meet everyone at Camp, photograph some fun on the lake, head out for a hike… check back tonight or tomorrow morning for a few more photos.
Also, I’m really hoping to see a bear. I’ve been told it probably won’t happen, but hey, a girl can hope! I just remember hearing a photographer speak at the Denver Post recently, and he told all of us young photographers that if we could get a photo of a bear, and submit it to any contest on the East Coast, we’d pretty much win.
See you tomorrow!